Shopping in Turks and Caicos

You don't have to search too hard to find a great deal in Turks and Caicos

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Traditionally, Turks and Caicos has not been known as a top shopping destination. Smart shoppers, however, know that government policies have made the islands a great place to get a deal.

Gifts and Souvenirs

Turks and Caicos is one of the few countries in which visitors may export conch shells. Each person is allowed to bring home up to three conch shells with them.

Products made by locals are great finds, and wonderful souvenirs to bring home. You can find gallery upon gallery filled with artwork by island artists, as well as beaded jewelry, conch shell jewelry, woven accessories, pottery, handmade dolls, and tinkling wind chimes.

Rum and coffee made on the island are also popular souvenir choices. Be on the look out for Bambarra rum and A Taste of Island Time coffee. Turks Head beer from the only micro-brewery in the country is another great find.

If you're hoping to find some souvenirs or gifts you might want to try Mama's Gift Shop, which is found in Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos. Along with their newest offering of island-style hot sauce, Mama's also sells caps, t-shirts, towels, beach wear, coffee mugs, photo albums, and other Turks and Caicos apparel. You'll find them on Grace Bay Road.

A second option is Island Thyme Gift Shop, which is found 69 and a half miles (112 kilometers) to the east-southeast of Mama's Gift Shop. Turn bath time into something truly special with any of the bath products created by Salt Cay Salt Works. These include bath salts, soaps, and salt scrubs in various soothing scents.

A third shop you might enjoy is Turquoise Duty Free Shops. U.S. residents are allowed to return home from Turks and Caicos with two liters of liquor, and with its location right in the air port, Turquoise will make sure that happens. They are located on Leeward Highway.

Take some time to look through the table below for a list of gift and souvenir shops serving Turks and Caicos.

Gifts and Souvenirs In Turks and Caicos
Name Phone Location Island
Beachcomber -- Salt Cay Salt Cay
Brandyana Souvenir Shack (649) 946-2636 Turks and Caicos Islands None
Caribbean Creations (649) 941-8660 0.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Dizzy Donkey (649) 232-1439 2.1 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk
Greensleeves (649) 946-4147 3.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Island Thyme Gift Shop -- 0.6 mi. North of Central Balfour Town Salt Cay
Ma Leaf's Traditions (649) 946-1098 Turks and Caicos Islands None
Mama's Gift Shop (649) 946-5538 0.2 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Mar Azul Bazar -- 0.2 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Melverne's Straw Mart (649) 941-4963 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Native Eye -- 0.2 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Nell's Gift Shop (649) 941-3228 1.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Paulette Daley Gift Shop (649) 946-8508 0.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
The Crystal And Gift Gallery (649) 941-8080 0.2 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Turquoise Duty Free Shops (649) 946-4658 2.1 mi. South of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Victoria Gift Shop (649) 241-6340 3.0 mi. East of Central Maria Mai North Caicos

Specialty Shops

One of the area's more popular speciality shops is The Turkcaician Gallery at the Bight. They're situated in The Bight, Turks and Caicos. Offering a mixture of the many talents available throughout Turks and Caicos such as musicians, shell artists, painters, and more, Turkcaician Gallery is pleased to give tourists a piece of the island to take home with them. If you would like to call before booking a room, do so at (649) 231-2708.

Another good option is The Turkcaician Gallery, which is found easily reached by taxi to the west of The Turkcaician Gallery at the Bight. The focal point of the Turkcacian Gallery is the colorful paintings of Jean Taylor, who promotes the island through her depictions of sea life, beaches, local people, and historic architecture. In addition to Taylor's works, this spot also houses a collection of Trevor Morgan who died in 2006, but left behind some beautiful paintings. You will find them on Leeward Highway.

Bruno Fine Arts: Original, limited addition pieces in he mediums of sculpture, serigraph, silk screen, and painting are available at Bruno Fine Arts. David Gerstein, Frank Meisler, and Marc Chagall's works are top sellers, as are the collections of metal sculptures. For customers who want to call ahead, you can do so at (649) 946-1739.

Be sure to look through this table for more information about your options.

Specialty Shops In Turks and Caicos
Name Type Phone Location Island
Acres Of Diamonds Jewelry Store (649) 941-4615 2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Bamboo Gallery Art Gallery (649) 946-4748 0.2 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Blue The Surf & Kite Shop Surfing Gear Store (649) 941-8670 0.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Bruno Fine Arts Art Gallery (649) 946-1739 Turks and Caicos Islands None
Caicos Cyclery Shop Bicycle Shop (649) 941-7544 Grace Bay, Western part of Turks and Caicos Providenciales
Diamonds International Grand Turk Jewelry Store (649) 946-1349 2.1 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk
Dive Provo Boutique Dive Shop (649) 946-5040 0.2 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Gausan Company Jewelry Store (649) 946-4699 2.3 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Goldsmith Duty Free Jewelry Store (649) 941-5599 0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Goodmark Jewellers Jewelry Store (649) 946-1076 Turks and Caicos Islands None
Island Sportique Sporting Goods Store (649) 941-8233 0.3 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Just Jais Providenciales Airport Jewelry Store (649) 941-4513 2.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Just Jais Regent Village Jewelry Store (649) 941-4324 2.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Marilyn's Craft Handicraft Dealers (649) 946-5471 0.2 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Milano 29 Jewelry Store (649) 946-2276 2.1 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk
One Stop Sporting Shop Sporting Goods Store (649) 241-8121 0.2 mi. South of Central Boton North Caicos
Paradise Arts Art Gallery (649) 941-3014 0.4 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Royal Jewels Jewelry Store (649) 946-4699 0.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
The Turkcaician Gallery Art Gallery (649) 231-2708 2.3 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
The Turkcaician Gallery at the Bight Art Gallery (649) 231-2708 2.0 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales

Clothing and Apparel

The chart just below shows some key facts concerning the apparel shops in Turks and Caicos.

Clothing and Apparel In Turks and Caicos
Name Type Phone Location Island
Caribbean Beach'n Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store -- 0.2 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Cee's Department Store Department Store (649) 946-2995 Turks and Caicos Islands None
D N S Department Store Department Store (649) 946-2071 Turks and Caicos Islands None
Happy Na Fashion Clothing Store (649) 941-5164 2.5 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Rosie's Boutique Boutique (649) 946-4211 2.3 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Splash Boutique Boutique (649) 241-1009 Balfour Town Salt Cay
Step In Style Clothing Store (649) 946-4565 0.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales

Food and Grocery

Got the munchies? The Wine Cellar is located in western Turks and Caicos. Serving Turks and Caicos since 1987, The Wine Cellar, also known as Discount Liquors by locals, offers locals and tourists a huge selection of wines and spirits from regional brews to vintages from around the world. You'll find them on Leeward Highway.

You might want to look through this table to learn more.

Food and Grocery Stores In Turks and Caicos
Name Type Phone Location Island
Betty's Market Grocery Store (649) 946-5266 1.9 mi. South of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Caicos Seafoods Fish and Seafood Market (649) 946-3259 South Caicos South Caicos
Caribbean Beer & Spirits Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (649) 941-5682 2.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Grab-N-Go Grocery Store (649) 941-8331 1.4 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Graceway Gourmet Grocery Store (649) 333-5000 0.3 mi. South of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Graceway Iga Supermarket Grocery Store (649) 941-5000 2.7 mi. South West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales
Grand Turk Liquor Store Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (649) 946-2262 Cockburn Town, Eastern part of Turks and Caicos Grand Turk
Island Pride Supermarket Grocery Store (649) 941-3329 2.3 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Liquors Plus Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (649) 946-7761 Bottle Creek North Caicos
Liz Bakery & Foods Bakery (649) 941-3318 3.1 mi. South of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Missick's Bakery Bakery -- 0.8 mi. North of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk
Pirates Choice Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (649) 946-1636 Turks and Caicos Islands None
Quality Supermarket Grocery Store (649) 941-7929 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales
Tci Liquors Store Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (649) 946-1533 Turks and Caicos Islands None
The Wine Cellar Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (649) 946-4536 3.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay Providenciales

Duties, Taxes, and Other Tips

Turks and Caicos is one of the few countries in the Caribbean at which you can not only shop duty free at many locations, but, avoid sales taxes and luxury taxes all together. U.S. visitors who stay on the islands for more than 48 hours are permitted to bring up to $800(USD) worth of duty free product home with them, such as cameras, china, cigars, crystal, perfume, jewelery, liquor and watches. Those who stay less than 48 hours are permitted up to $200(USD) worth of products. Rules for Canadians are slightly different, who must stay for a week before they can return home with $750(USD) worth of products, though after 48 hours they may bring home up to $400(USD) worth of items. You can find duty free shops in the airport, the lobbies of many hotels, and throughout the rest of the country.

The official currency in Turks and Caicos is the U.S Dollar (USD), making it easy for American visitors to shop. Buisiness hours typically run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except on Sundays, when most shops stay closed for the day.

Whether it be a hand-printed fabric, a sampling of your favorite local drink, or some home décor, you definitely do not want to leave Turks and Caicos empty handed.

 

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